While each volume has the same basic structure and setup (as well as 7 shared standard songs and 1 shared DLC song), they all have their own intro, colour scheme for the UI, idols and songs. There is a slight imbalance with Funky Note- because the Futami twins are a package deal, it has 5 idols instead of 4 which means there's one 765 rival missing from Star of Festa (idols from the volume you aren't playing appear as possible rival fights), a slot filled by Sae Kobayakawa who's exclusive to that version. So, a list of the exclusive idols and songs is below:
|Honey Sound||Funky Note||Groovy Tune|
|Songs||Otome yo Taishi o Idake!! (Haruka)
I Want Haruka)
Me ga Au Toki (Chihaya)
Tonari ni... (Asuza)
Mahou o Kakete! (Ritsuko)
Ippai Ippai (Ritsuko)
Shiny smile (Haruka & Chihaya)
Shalala (Asuza & Ritsuko)
GO MY WAY!! (Haruka & Chihaya & Ritsuko)
Kami SUMMER!! (Chihaya & Asuza & Ritsuko)
Vault That Borderline! (All 4)
Start→ Star→ (Ami & Mami)
Positive! (Ami & Mami)
Ohayou!! Asagohan (Yayoi)
Futari no Kioku (Iori)
Naniro Button (Iori)
Next Life (Hibiki)
Brand New Day! (Hibiki)
Do-Dai (Ami & Mami & Hibiki)
Kyun! Vampire Girl (Yayoi & Iori)
Honey Heartbeat (All 5)
SMOKY THRILL (All 5)
Visionary (All 5)
Kosmos, Cosmos (Yukiho)
Meisou Mind (Makoto)
Marionette no Kokoro (Miki)
Furufuru Future✩ (Miki)
Kimi wa Melody (Takane)
relations (Yukiho & Makoto & Miki)
Agent Yoru o Yuku (Yukiho & Makoto & Miki)
Little Match Girl (Yukiho & Miki & Takane)
EdeN (All 4)
What's very helpful, though, is that the save data is almost universal between all three volumes. While your Producer Rank and unlocked Star of Festa difficulty is locked to each specific volume, almost everything else is shared, including purchased items in the shop (even if you don't have the required Producer Rank, you're still free to use those items) and unlocked rival cards for Star of Festa, so while you still have to work your way through that mode, the journey is considerably breezier, and it makes swapping between volumes a little less of a pain. Especially if, as a hypothetical example, the save file on your main version corrupts itself a day before your review is due to go to print when you just wanted to double check a couple things. Not that I'm speaking from experience, mumble grumble.
Oh, I bet you forgot this happened, didn't you? Gaming Hell didn't. Gaming Hell never forgets. THE iDOLM@STER: SHINY FESTA was completely translated into English and released in America (and France, South Korean and Hong Kong) in 2013! Just not on PSP of course (it was very dead in the West by that point) but on iPhones. I had to specify America for the English version because it never made it to the UK, like a surprising amount of iOS staples (Fate/Grand Order being one of the more recent examples), but unlike other iOS mainstays, Bandai Namco stuck to their guns and charged $55 for each of the three volumes (now renamed Harmonic Score, Rhythmic Record and Melodic Disc) which surprised a lot of people considering the iOS market at the time.
From what we can find, there's a few changes both for the iOS format and for the English localisation. Mostly, the control scheme is obviously touch-based now, although given the simple nature of the controls in the PSP game, that's not a huge change- the left side of the touch screen hits notes on the left side of the rhythm bar, the right side hits right-side notes, and hitting both sides is used for double notes. Also, not every song is included as standard, with several from the PSP game part of the DLC Store- this may be a space issue, as the game would frequently delete DLC songs and force you to redownload them. As for the English version, this is presented in English (including subtitles for the OVA episodes, yes they're still here) with a few amusing typos (every idol has their hoobies listed instead of hobbies), with one major content change- several videos have had the outfits changed to remove bikinis and swimwear. Other than that, this is a legit iM@S spinoff release in English! Or was, rather.
We say 'was' because Bandai Namco was in the habit of constantly clearing out their iOS catalogue every so often, delisting and shutting down a lot of games, and the iM@S games were among them in 2016, shutting down in May of that year. On the plus side, at least they had a sale on them, bringing each volume down to $4. As a result though, we have to work on second-hand information, but while we still have some questions- mostly if there were any DLC songs exclusive to the iOS version, though that doesn't seem to be likely- the game has been documented fairly well. For a start, TouchGameplay recorded an hour's worth of footage for each of the three versions- Harmonic Score, Rhythmic Record and Melodic Disc- and this fortunately includes the intros, so you can watch the official subtitles for these OVAs. There's also surprisingly comprehensive coverage of all three versions in the Japanator review (which has input from Elliot Gay for a second time in this article, follow his adventures on Twitter!). Short of finding the game via underhanded means, this is as good as our coverage can get, sorry!
which serves as a sort-of hub for iM@S content on the console. You have a launcher for the download version of ONE FOR ALL (a PS3 instalment of the management / raising series), a new enhanced and download release of all nine GRAVURE FOR YOU! volumes (where you can just take pictures of the idols in various situations and costumes) and, relevant to us, SHINY TV, a semi-new game that uses the same game mechanics as SHINY FESTA but with a new structure and 95% of the content divided between DLC packs. Upon downloading iM@S CHANNEL for the first time, you get one song, We Have a Dream, for nothing. From there, each idol (with Ami & Mami being bundled together) gets a DLC pack to themselves for a total of 12 at 1543 Yen each, with 5 songs in each ranging from songs from SHINY FESTA to other iM@S songs that weren't in that game. Additionally, you get Machiuke Prince as a freebie with the first DLC pack you buy, plus Arcadia and Sora being free songs doled out when you buy 6 and 12 packs respectively, bringing the total to 64 songs over the 46 across all three volumes of SHINY FESTA. Phew! Beyond the songs, each pack also comes with a PS3 theme of that pack's character plus their TV programme in SHINY@TV mode.
In terms of modes, this cuts out Star of Festa mode and replaces it with SHINY@TV mode, where each character gets their own TV show that you play through. Split into 4 seasons containing 6 song challenges each, with the different challenges including beating a par score, having shorter lines so you have less time to react, playing with all the notes the same colour, and rival fights like the ones in Star of Festa but with the rivals being taken from the MILLION LIVE! social media game app that had launched in February the same year. Meeting certain requirements unlocks an EX Challenge, and beating that one gets you a special video of that show's main idol. It's certainly a cute way to present things (in particular I like that Haruka's show is apparently called 'Haruka's Noisy Cooking') and means you're still getting something out of this rerelease beyond the PSP game on a bigger screen if you already own one of the volumes. If anything, I kinda prefer SHINY@TV to Star of Festa! As for how it plays, this is pretty much the PSP game, but there's no Memory Appeal grinding or shop anymore so things are much simpler. The main concern is input lag which the game does its best to deal with through a small mini-game to adjust the timing, or with a slider.
Unfortunately, you'll probably notice we haven't covered much of this. The main issue is, well, the Gaming Hell Budget covers many things, up to and including both the PS3 and PS Vita versions of Spelunker Collection and about half of the DLC for Project DIVA F 2nd, but holy shit there is no way, no way at all, we could afford all of the content in SHINY TV. 18516 Yen? Are you having a laugh? That's not even counting the GRAVURE FOR YOU! volumes if you wanted those. In the end, much like Highlander, there could be only one. My editor was most upset we didn't get the Chihaya one [A slight against me- one of many- that I will take to the grave. - Ed] but we had to settle for the one that had Ai LIKE Hamburger, a love ballad to the all-American food, which means we got the Yayoi pack. Bonus: the PS3 theme has Yayoi excitedly chirp at pretty much any action you take on the system. I'm OK with that.
At Animelo Summer Live 2015 -The Gate-'s first day, 28/8/2015, the opening number was a medley of songs from both iM@S and Love Live! performed by 6 members of iM@S's 765Pro- Eriko Nakamura (Haruka Amami), Asami Imai (Chihaya Kisaragi), Asami Shimoda (Ami and Mami Futami), Manami Numakura (Hibiki Ganaha), Yumi Hara (Takane Shijou) and Azumi Asakura (Yukiho Hagiwara)- and 8 members of LL's μ's- Emi Nitta (Honoka Kosaka), Aya Uchida (Kotori Minami), Suzuko Mimori (Umi Sonoda), Riho Iida (Rin Hoshizora), Pile / Eriko Hori (Maki Nishikino), Aina Kusuda (Nozomi Tojo), Yurika Kubo (Hanayo Koizumi) and Sora Tokui (Nico Yazawa), the full roster except for Yoshino Nanjo (Eli Ayase) due to a knee injury. I dunno, there's just something nice about seeing the cast of Love Live! singing GO MY WAY!! and there's no way on Earth I'll have the excuse to talk about this again, just let me have this, this one time. Click the image above for the only footage we could find of the medley from Facebook (God, why).